Imposter syndrome is characterised by the feeling that one is an ‘imposter’ in their own life. This means that you might feel like you are not ‘good enough’ for your partner, career or even friends. It’s a surprisingly common feeling many people in all walks of life deal with.
What is Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter Syndrome is the physiological experience of feeling as you don’t deserve your good fortune or circumstances in life. Although Imposter Syndrome can’t be diagnosed by a psychiatrist as a mental health condition, it often exists in conjunction with other conditions such as depression or anxiety.
Imposter syndrome affects people from all walks of life but is especially common amongst high achievers and those who are well-accomplished in their careers. People in this position can feel like they don’t deserve what they have achieved in life, and they have instead merely deceived others into getting to where they are.
How do I know if I am Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter Syndrome comes in many different forms and manifests itself in many different ways depending on the individual, but there are some common feelings people experience that indicate they’re suffering from Imposter Syndrome.
- Fear of Failure – you may avoid new or challenging experiences because you are sure you won’t be able to accomplish the task.
- Being a Perfectionist – you may feel as though nothing you do is ever ‘good enough’ and focus on flaws instead of achievements.
- Overworking and Over-Committing – you might be someone who works tirelessly and often takes on more than you can handle in an effort to prove yourself.
- Undermining yourself – you might tend to see the mistakes and issues with your work and personal life rather than celebrating your success and achievements.
- Difficulty accepting praise – you might be inclined to deflect compliments you receive, and assume the person offering you praise is ‘just being nice’.
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome with Life Resolutions
Imposter Syndrome can be tackled through rewiring your brain to focus on your achievements, successes, and positive traits rather than the negatives you see in yourself. This can be a difficult process, but the rewards are great,
We recommend anyone experiencing Imposter Syndrome to take time to reflect on why they feel this way. As Imposter Syndrome often exists alongside mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, we strongly recommend you contact a mental health professional to discuss these feelings and find strategies to overcome them.
The Life Resolutions Clinic
The team at Life Resolutions are skilled mental health professionals and are always happy to offer services to help those experiencing problems with self-esteem and self-worth, including Imposter Syndrome.
Because of current stage-four restrictions affecting Melbourne, our Life Resolutions clinics are offering Telehealth sessions as well as face-to-face sessions. Telehealth allows us to continue to provide the same skilled and compassionate mental health services to both new and existing clients.
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